Step It Up Knits

It's official: my 7th book, Step It Up Knits: Take Your Skills to the Next Level with 25 Quick and Stylish Projects, is on shelves now! In this book I present all the techniques needed to become an accomplished knitter, plus 25 gorgeous projects. From cabled wrist warmers to slouchy beanies, lacy headbands, and cozy cowls, each project is small enough to take on the go and whip up in just a weekend. The step-by-step photographs, detailed instructions, helpful diagrams, and inspiring project shots make it easy to follow along. Beginners will become pros in no time; pros will have finished projects in a snap!

Why do I bring this project up on the Bernat blog, you ask? Well, my fiber-y friends, because HALF of the projects in this book are made with Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell yarn. Here's a sneak peek!

Sheep(ish) Step It Up Projects

Sloucher Beanie & Stop, Drop and Cable Cowl

Cable Ace Scarf & Mo' Warmers

Squared Up Hat & Wild Warmers

Fair Weather Ponchette & Leg Bone Warmers

In the Bag & Bob(ble) and Weave Mittens

Hand Over Twist Warmers & Brioche the Subject Scarf

Every single one of these projects are quick to knit and would make great gifts for the holidays. You can get the yarn for any of the pictured knits here and the book here.

You can see photos of all of the projects from this book on Pinterest, Flickr and Ravelry -- pick yer photo-viewing-site pleasure!

Step It Up Skills

Each project in this book employs at least one, step-up-your skills technique. Step-by-step tutorials of those techniques are all written out and/or photographed to assist in the learning process. Here's a list of the skills covered in Step It Up Knits.

  • Cables
  • Blocking
  • Bobble Stitch
  • Brioche Stitch
  • Circular 3-Needle Bind-off
  • Crochet Chain
  • Dropping Stitches
  • Eyelet Stitch
  • i-Cord
  • Intarsia
  • Kitchener Stitch
  • Knitting-in-the-round on a Circular Needle
  • Knitting-in-the-round on Double-Pointed Needles
  • Machine Feltine
  • Mattress Stitch
  • Mitered Squares
  • Mosaic Knitting
  • Needle Felting
  • Picot Bind-off
  • Reading a Chart
  • Single-crochet Edging
  • Short-row Heal Turn
  • Step It Up Knits Buzz

Step It Up Buzz
"Slouchy beanies and infinity scarves are just a few of the fantastic on-trend accessories you can knit with the easy-to-follow instructions in Step It Up Knits!" —Jenni Radosevich, author of I Spy DIY Style

"Step It Up Knits is the perfect combination of eay-to-understand instruction and on-trend accessory and gift items. Whether you're a beginner knitter looking to elevate your skills, or a more advanced stitcher looking for quick, but amazing projects, this book's for you!" —Trisha Malcolm, editor in chief of Vogue Knitting

"This is the knitting book I've been waiting for! Get creative and improve your skills at the same time -- what's better than that? I can't decide which project I want to knit first." —Brett Bara, host of PBS's Knit & Crochet Today!

Still reading this post? Well then, you're eligible to win a copy of Step It Up Knits! To enter, simply post a comment telling us which project(s) from the book you want to make and/or which skills you're hoping to learn. Comments must be posted by Friday, December 7th.





I preordered this book. I think that all the projects are worth doing. I really love this book. Best wishes to you and all your followers.


I learned to do cables by watching videos. They are quite simple to do. Look much harder than they are. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

I would like to try to make the Fair Weather Ponchette. I have never made anything like it. . .and it's really sweet! Color work is kinda intimidating to me.

Wow, what a great collection of projects and techniques! Would definitely love to try the Mo' Warmers and the Stop Drop and Cable Cowl. I'm a big chicken and afraid of fancy stitches!

Both the Cable Ace Scarf and the Drop and Cable Cowl are on my wish list.

The Squared Up hat looks really cute! I always love new techniques for knitting and crocheting!

I love both the wrist warmers, but I also look forward to learning a few new tricks like mitered squares and brioche stitch!

i would like to knit the Cable Ace Scarf.

I would love to try the Bobble mitts and learn more about Intarsia.

I'd love to learn cables and intarsia. This looks like a great book!

I still have lots of things to learn and bobbles are top of the list,I would love to knit the Bob (ble) and Weave mittens.

I would like to learn the Kitchener sounds a bit complicated....I have much to learn..:)

Those Leg Bone Warmers would be terrific to make!

Looks like another great book! :) I would like to try all of them.. especially the ponchette (for my daughter), the bag (for myself), and the wrist/handwarmers :)

I would like to try intarsia and brioche stitch. This looks like a book I will have to get my hands on.

I have yet to tackle a mitred square! Happy to see it in the book!

Looks great. I'd love to try out the cowl and leg warmers - especially as it's frosty outside now. I always need a challenge - garter stitch projects are not my thing - so any new techniques would be great. I've never heard of a brioche stitich before - brilliant!

I love a scarf, and the wrist warmers. I like knitting accessories; they're fast and you can move onto another one!!! Good luck to us all. <3

I so want to learn intarsia. I think I will make that my new year's resolution for 2013!

I love how you (Vickie) explain things, you rock! Great to have a go-to book for techniques. Thanks. I really want to make the Stop, Drop, and Cable Cowl...followed by every other pattern.

I love all of Vickie's books because there is always something new, different and interesting. Not just the same old thing! I also love her Sheepish yarn.

I would love to make the Stop Drop and Cable Cowl. It is very pretty. I have not yet learned the Kitchner stitch. That is next on my list.

Oh I am so going to make that little bobble bag. I actually just learned how to make those bobbles and am putting them into an afghan.. but a whole purse of bobblies is FUN!!! Might make one for my daughter and daughter in law also......

There are so many great techniques in your book and a lot of them I have been wanting to tackle especially the kitchener stitch and learning to read a chart.

I like Cable Ace Scarf.

The projects look like fun. I am interested in learning how to make bobbles and cable knit. Happy Knitting!!

I really want to try the Cable Ace Scarf

I would love to get back into knitting, and try make the Twist over hand warmers and '/ or Brioche scarf and Cowl!

I really want to learn cabling!

I've been knitting a while, and I think I am ready to move into something slightly more advanced.. I'd like to try my hand at Intarsia.

The stop,drop and cable cowl really caught my eye. Not only the stitch pattern, but the color pops.

I would love to get some love for circular needles. I would hope your book would get me used to them with a lovely project. I have thus far had no success with them. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to all!

I would love to make the Brioche the Subject Scarf

I would love to make the Fair Weather Ponchette. I am still a beginner, but I love to find patterns that make me want to get to a higher skill level. All the patterns are beautiful and make me want to go out yarn shopping right now.

The "In the Bag" pattern is beautiful. I would love to make one for myself.

I think everything in this book looks fabulous! Would love to make the purple cowl! I am relatively new to knitting, and have been enjoying learning new stitches. This book seems perfect for a new knitter like myself!!

I really want to try an Intarsia project. It scares me a little.

I would attempt my first Fair Isle item by knitting the Fair Weather Ponchette. Vickie has out done herself with this mighty cute ponchette and the other items contained in the book.

I would love to make the Cable Ace Scarf because I love cables.

I'ld love to knit the Cable Ace Scarf; I love doing cables. Also, I want to learn how to do Intarsia :) Vicki just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your tv show, Knitty Gritty. I recorded alot of the episodes.

I haven't ever used this book but would love to have one.

I would want to do the majority of the projects and give them as gifts.

Hoping to learn intarsia

I think I'd start with the squared up hat if I was lucky enough to win!

The cowl and the wrist warmers both would be projects for me. I would love to use circular needles on a project, too.

I'd love to be able to make the Cable Ace scarf for the Purple Stitch Project and for gifts for my sisters for next Christmas.

I think I would start with the Mo' Warmers for my Granddaughter and would like to learn the Kitchener Stitch along with all of the other stitches featured in the book. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

I would love this book to make the hats which my family has asked me to make for them along with scarves. I'm not proficient in knitting but I would love to learn more.

I would love to learn many many different stitches and things I can make with knitting.. I haven't knit since 1996 when I had a severe breakdown.. I am now able to crochet small things and I want to learn to knit again . I remember beautiful things I made years ago with the cable stitch